Updated March, 2012
I am first and foremost the mother of three children who I have taught at home via the classical method since removing them from school in 2001. My oldest son has graduated and is now a junior majoring in Philosophy, and my second child, a daughter, is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts With An Emphasis in Photography. My youngest son is junior high age and I’m enjoying focusing solely on his needs as a student and simply spending time together.
Although my older two children appreciated having a amateur computer geek for a mom, my youngest enjoys it most. He’s learning WordPress, a bit of coding, and is saving up to buy a Mac.
While my husband works to teach all the basics of household repair and some woodworking skills, having lost my regular crafting, sewing, cooking and baking partner, I work to find ways to give my youngest some of the “manlier” jobs so I can sneak in some basic skills. I insist that my boys can sew on a button, sew a seam, and avoid starvation before they graduate from high school!
I have worked from time to time as a part-time freelance writer, and until a few years ago, ran a successful small business selling books and collectibles online. Throughout my life, I have regularly served as a volunteer and Board member for churches, private schools, and other organizations. After I started homeschooling, I worked with other parents to create extracurricular and academic co-op activities in our area.
My husband and I were both born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and lived in Siouxland, including the limited government, tax friendly state, South Dakota, until 2006. In 2002, I became involved with my county Republican Party and was taken under the wing of long time Chair Dr. Tom Burns. I served as Chair of my Precinct, County Secretary, and Lincoln Day Dinner Chairwoman while still in South Dakota.
In late 2006, our family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, when my husband’s employer offered a new position. I took a break from work and politics for about three years, to focus solely on my childrens’ schooling, as two were in high school.
In 2008, I became distressed by many things I was witnessing on the national political scene and I was disillusioned about the Republican Party. I decided to start writing again, this time online. Motivated to get involved with others at the grassroots level, I networked with activists on the social media tool, Twitter. That’s how I became involved in organizing the first tea party rallies inspired by Rick Santelli’s “rant” on CNBC in February 2009.
Recognizing my concerns should have originally been aimed at the local level, I founded Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) in March of 2009. At the start, GiN organized several rallies, and established goals to fulfill its stated mission of promoting a return to Constitutional, limited government, according to its original meaning. Among its many projects, GiN successfully coordinated testimony for the hearing of the Nebraska Sovereignty Resolution, networked with other groups to ensure a large show of public support at the hearing, and coordinated follow up support to ensure its passage in April 2010. GiN has become increasingly focused on research and investigative reporting.
While working to build up GiN, throughout the second half of 2009, and into 2010, I became writer and producer of a documentary, A New America. The film lays out how Progressivism is responsible for America’s drift from its Constitutional roots. I hope to work on similar projects in the future.